Both BossLady and her honey have Scottish ancestry and they both love parties and costumes, so they've requested that guests adhere to a suggested dress code. I forget what they're calling it, but Pirate and I have taken to referring to it as the "Haggis Hoedown". Requested dress is A) kilt with white shirt; B) jeans with white shirt; C) white sundress or blouse/skirt. Naturally, we looked at that and thought "Jeans? Pfft. White skirt? Prescription for a red-wine spill. But a kilt, now... hello!"
The components of my outfit: A white blouse with 3/4 length sleeves (the top one in this image):
A women's SportKilt in the California tartan:
My new Panama:
So the kilt is set (I hope; they omitted the belt loops the first time round and I had to send it back but they promised to get it to me by the 6th) and I've got the hat. I need to sew the blouse (planning to do Blouse Mark 1 as a test this week, then get fabric at Stonemountain & Daughter this weekend and make the real one).
But what about footwear? I considered gladiator sandals and decided against them and in favor of boots. Problem is, I have great big gunboats at the ends of my legs (convenient when it lets me fit into the smallest of the men's sizes of FiveFingers; not so convenient at other times) and the selection at Zappo's was a bit thin. It came down to two styles that seemed possible. One was kind of cowboyish:
The other one is much more Robin Hood (BossLady's observation):
Minor problem: this style is only available in my size in gray. Foo. I was resigning myself to the more cowboyish ones.
Until the thought occurred to me: I have a large bottle of black leather dye and I'm not afraid to use it.
So I ordered the gray ones.
BossLady thinks I should try wearing them in the original color — "Gray is a very useful color! It goes with camel, and yellow, and all kinds of other colors. You're right, you wear too much black. Try gray." So I will... while reserving the right to still dye them.
But like I said, I'm only sewing two blouses between now and then — of COURSE adding "dye boots" to the to-do list makes sense.